Scientists are now confirming that Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte's admission that they urinate in the swimming pool is really not such a big deal after all.
The U.S. swimming star Phelps shockingly told The Wall Street Journal this summer during the London Olympics that 'everyone pees in the pool,' after his fellow American, Lochte, divulged that he engaged in the practice.
Though parents try to convince their children that while swimming one must control the urges and exit to use the toilet, the professionals seemed to brush aside any negative connotation regarding using the pool as a toilet.
'It's kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. When we're in the water for two hours, we don't really get out to pee,' Phelps told The Journal.
'Chlorine kills it so it’s not bad,' he said.
Phelps, 27, was only pressed on the subject after his teammate Lochte, 28, had told Ryan Seacrest in August that peeing in the pool is actually pretty common.
'Of course. I think there's just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go. [I didn't] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up,' he told Seacrest on August 3.
The Olympic stars didn't seem too embarrassed about the big reveal and Lochte even starred in a Funny or Die video, making fun of himself.
But after the hullabaloo over their revelations, a scientist has now confirmed that urinating in a pool really isn't such a big deal.
In a year-end review titled 'Celebrities and Science 2012' a UK non-profit Sense About Science (SAS) asked biochemist Stuart Jones to weigh in on the situation.
'Urine is essentially sterile so there isn't actually anything to kill in the first place. Urine is largely just salts and water with moderate amounts of protein and DNA breakdown products,' he said when asked about urinating in a pool.
'Peeing in a swimming pool, even if all swimmers do it simultaneously, has very little impact on the composition of the pool water itself,' he added.
Though Phelps' assertion proved to be correct by a man of science, few celebrities fared as well.
The SAS report pointed to athletes like soccer player Mario Balotelli and tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams that have been seen sporting colored sport's tape to apparently help mend injuries.
But sports scientist, Professor Greg Whyte said the there is little evidence to suggest the tape actually provides relief, other than the placebo effect.